With the recent release of their self-titled first album just weeks behind them, DayWaster -- Paducah's most friendly hardcore punk band -- is ready to make some more noise.
Pounded out live in just two days at Loud and Clear studio, "DayWaster" is an aural assault of shouts, buzz saw guitars, distortion and punchy bass tones and the band wouldn't have it any other way.
"Punk is the underlying force of what we do, but there's a lot of experimentation in there, too," said bassist Travis Russell. "It's not just four-to-the-floor chord changes, there's a lot small leads, dynamic changes and layers."
The west Kentucky fivesome have been making music together since October 2017 when Russell befriended frontman Marley Rounds over a shared love of Isis -- an influential 90s heavy metal group and the inspiration for one of Rounds' tattoos.
After that, the rest of the band came together quickly as guitarist Jacob McCallon, who plays alongside Russell in Art Thieves, joined up and was followed by drummer Jason Taylor and guitarist Matt Stimpson.
"We wanted to make punk music, but clearly everyone else in the band is really talented in other aspects as well and it's pretty natural for that to bleed into the music," Rounds explained, citing the group's influences of '80s punk, metal and hip-hop. "The core of the group is a hardcore punk band because there's nothing like that in this town."
Paducah is a focus of the record, as it's both the backdrop for the band members' lives and the subject of music.
"A lot of the songs could be somewhat relatable to local folks, being trapped in a town where there's not much for youth culture," Rounds said.
Russell echoed his sentiment: "To me, this band was always to speak to that and to people that are working class. It means different things to all of us. Our music -- and even the band name -- is an attempt to capture that feeling of hopelessness and existential dread and anxiety.
"We take pride in being from Paducah, but also the music is recognizing the difficulties of that."
The album, as with many bands of the genre, is an attempt to capture the raw energy of the group's high energy, high intensity live outings.
"I think we shine live," explained McCallon. "It's great to have a physical copy for something you can reference, but I always feel really good about our performances."
"A lot of people that don't like the music come out and catch the energy. It's a good way to waste your day if you just want to come check us out," joked Rounds, whose stage presence (or literal lack thereof) is a big part of the band's performances. He often initiates mosh pits as the front man, going out into the audience. "I really, really hate being on stage. I like to be in the crowd as much as possible."
DayWaster will be tearing it down at PossumStock -- a Clarksville DIY festival tomorrow. Other upcoming live dates include a secret show on September 29 and a Halloween set at the Silver Bullet, where the band hopes to have physical copies of the album available for purchase for the first time.
"DayWaster" is available to stream on Apple Music and Spotify or by going to www.daywaster270.bandcamp.com.